Michigan News

Michigan utility selects firm to acquire 2 plants

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — A utility company in Michigan has selected a development firm to demolish and redevelop two of its former coal-fired power plants. Consumers Energy filed a request Tuesday for the sale of its 248-acre J.R. Whiting plant in southeast Michigan and its 115-acre B.C. Cobb ...

Township to follow the law

DAYTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A township in Michigan’s Thumb region has agreed to make local government more accessible to people with disabilities. Dayton Township in Tuscola County has signed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department. Some township business apparently is conducted ...

Calley encourages gun rights

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says gun owners don’t need a “good reason” to exercise their constitutional rights. Calley, who has signaled his 2018 run for governor, spoke at a Second Amendment rally at the Capitol Wednesday. He warned activists to not let gun-control ...

Lawmaker, no-show recorded

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors say they have a recorded conversation between a Michigan lawmaker and a woman who is described as a no-show employee on his Senate payroll. The government made the disclosure Wednesday in the criminal case against Sen. Bert Johnson, a Democrat from Highland Park. ...

Michigan bill would halt legal sex between cops, prostitutes

By CHRIS EHRMANN Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Police in Michigan would no longer be legally allowed to have sex with prostitutes during undercover investigations under legislation making its way through the Legislature. Michigan is the last state left in the U.S. that gives police ...

Michigan company’s highway sign trademark ruled not harmful

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected the state’s argument that a northern Michigan company’s trademark of the highway sign M-22 violates federal law. The company M22 LLC trademarked the state highway sign in 2006, and it now has several similar trademarks that store ...

Doctors indicted in Detroit-area genital mutilation case

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT — A grand jury indicted two doctors and a third person on Wednesday in an alleged scheme to perform genital mutilation on two girls from Minnesota at a Detroit-area clinic. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, Dr. Fakhruddin Attar and Attar’s wife, Farida, are ...

Palestinian activist pleads guilty to US immigration crime

DETROIT (AP) — A Chicago Palestinian activist with a decades-old record of bombings in Israel pleaded guilty Tuesday to concealing those convictions when she applied for U.S. citizenship. Rasmea Odeh, 69, will be deported to Jordan or another country in the months ahead. Supporters traveled ...

Bus crash injures 6 children

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Six elementary students in western Michigan have been hurt after their school bus was struck as it turned in front of an oncoming car. Grand Rapids police say the bus driver was turning at an intersection about 8 a.m. Tuesday when the car hit the rear of the bus. ...

Police release names of 2 killed in US 23 crash

GREEN OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police have released the names of the two men who were killed and the woman who was critically injured in a crash involving several vehicles on U.S. 23 in southeastern Michigan. Green Oak Township Police say the crash Sunday killed 51-year-old Robin David ...

Hospital to pay $791,000

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area hospital has agreed to pay $791,000 to settle allegations that it billed for unnecessary lab tests. The case against Crittenton Hospital Medical Center is linked to Dr. Farid Fata. He’s serving a 45-year prison sentence for putting patients ...

Bill bans pointing lasers at planes

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate is scheduled to vote to make it a state crime to intentionally point a laser at an aircraft. If a laser strikes a cockpit, it can temporarily blind the pilot. Legislation up for a vote today would make “lasing” an aircraft or a train a ...

Michigan Lt. Gov. Calley signals 2018 gubernatorial bid

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING, Mich. — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signaled his candidacy to be Michigan’s next governor Monday, launching an online ad campaign and touting Republican-passed right-to-work and tax laws to business leaders. He hinted at a May 30 announcement, which ...

Municipalities’ fiscal outlook is gloomy despite economy

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Eight years into Michigan’s economic recovery, the fiscal outlook is still unnerving for municipalities seen as ill-equipped to withstand the next recession. Despite continued job growth and record auto sales, the state’s per-capita personal ...

Doctor’s arrest brings attention to US female circumcisions

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press DETROIT — Zehra Patwa learned only a few years ago that during a family trip to India at age 7, she was circumcised, which is common for girls in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Patwa, 46, doesn’t remember undergoing the procedure, which is also ...

2 killed when semi hits 6 vehicles

GREEN OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two men have been killed and a woman was in critical condition after the driver of a semitrailer apparently lost control and struck six vehicles on U.S. 23 in Livingston County. Sunday afternoon’s crash in Green Oak Township left one man dead at the scene. ...

Tesla recalls 53K vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla Inc. is recalling 53,000 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs worldwide because their parking brakes may get stuck and prevent the vehicles from moving. The recall affects vehicles built between February and October 2016. Tesla says less than 5 percent of the vehicles it’s ...

6 arrested at Flint church

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Police say six people were arrested for disorderly conduct or other reasons at a Flint church during a town hall meeting related to the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water. Flint police Chief Tim Johnson had asked men arriving at House of Prayer Missionary Baptist ...

Sylvia Moy, Motown songwriter and producer, dies at age 78

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Motown songwriter Sylvia Moy, the storied recording studio’s first female producer who penned or collaborated on several hits, including Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour” and Marvin Gaye’s “It Takes Two,” has died in suburban ...

GM faces hard road getting compensated for Venezuela seizure

By TOM KRISHER and JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press DETROIT — General Motors became the latest corporation to have a factory or other asset seized by the government of Venezuela, and the Detroit automaker faces an uphill battle to recover any damages. GM said Thursday that its only factory ...